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A Beautiful Life (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Shu Qi (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Tian Liang (Actor)
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Shu Qi (If You Are The One) and Liu Ye (Lan Yu) join hands for the heart-rending love story from blockbuster director Andrew Lau (Look For A Star), which is set to be another trophy-magnet for the award-winning trio. The beautifully lensed A Beautiful Life follows a Hong Kong woman who struggles to make a living in Beijing, and the man she falls head over heels in love with no matter what the hands of fate bring them. Thanks to the powerful performances and chemistry of the leads, Andrew Lau has an easier time demonstrating with this film that he is equally adept at making a bittersweet romantic tearjerker. It should be noted, however, that fine acting isn't limited to the central pair, as co-stars like Olympic diver-turned-actor Tian Liang, starlet Feng Danying, and the always-reliable Anthony Wong also give scene-stealing turns in supporting roles.

Smart and beautiful, Li Peiru (Shu Qi) is trying to make some big bucks in Beijing for her family in Hong Kong. She works hard for a real estate agency, yet a hopeless affair with her married boss leaves her badly broken. After a drunken encounter with honest policeman Fang Zhendong (Liu Ye), she begins to enjoy his company whenever she feels down and lonely. Smitten with this broken-hearted girl, Zhendong is always there for her, giving her financial and emotional support without asking for anything in return. Still, life is always a series of setbacks for Peiru, and when her own business is doomed to failure, she decides to give up everything and drift back to Hong Kong. It is only then that she realizes Zhendong is all that she needs, but can true love prevail in the face of the cruelty of life?

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Product Title: A Beautiful Life (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 不再讓你孤單 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 不再让你孤单 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 不再讓你孤單 (Blu-ray) (香港版) A Beautiful Life (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Shu Qi (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Tian Liang (Actor) | Andrew Lin (Actor) | Sa Ri Nuo (Actor) | Gao Tian (Actor) | Feng Dan Ying (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) 舒 淇 (Actor) | 劉燁 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 田亮 (Actor) | 連凱 (Actor) | 薩日娜 (Actor) | 高天 (Actor) | 馮 丹瀅 (Actor) | 張 頌文 (Actor) 舒 淇 (Actor) | 刘烨 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 田亮 (Actor) | 连凯 (Actor) | 萨日娜 (Actor) | 高天 (Actor) | 冯 丹滢 (Actor) | 张 颂文 (Actor) 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 劉燁 (リウ・イエ)  (Actor) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 田亮(ティエン・リャン) (Actor) | 連凱(アンドリュー・リェン) (Actor) | Sa Ri Nuo (Actor) | Gao Tian (Actor) | Feng Dan Ying (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) 서기 (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Tian Liang (Actor) | Andrew Lin (Actor) | Sa Ri Nuo (Actor) | Gao Tian (Actor) | Feng Dan Ying (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor)
Director: Andrew Lau 劉偉強 刘伟强 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) Andrew Lau
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-08-04
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 121 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024680274

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Making Of
- Unseen Footages

Director: Lau Wai Keung

When they first meet, no one can see this coming. She is a young aggressive Beijing-based real estate agent from Hong Kong carrying an affair with a married man who also happens to be her boss. He is an honest but way too rigid policeman in his midlife crisis, who remains single to take care of his kid brother. A chance encounter in a karaoke lounge leads to an unlikely friendship. While he becomes infatuated with her, finding her pronunciation of his name the most dulcet tune he has ever heard, she is wresting with being dumped by her boss and fired from her job at the same time. She eventually runs off to Hong Kong after borrowing almost his entire savings...
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This film has received 4 award nomination(s). All Award-Winning Asian Films

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Professional Review of "A Beautiful Life (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 26, 2011

This professional review refers to A Beautiful Life (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
A Beautiful Life is the latest outing from Infernal Affairs helmer Andrew Lau, and sees rather a change of pace for the Hong Kong director after his recent Donnie Yen vehicle Legend of the Fist: the Return of Chen Zhen. This time around he swaps martial arts and explosive action for realistic romantic drama, headlined by stars Shu Qi (If You Are the One) and Liu Ye (Lan Yu) as a tortured couple struggling to find love in the face of suffering. The interesting supporting cast includes former Olympic diver Tian Liang (also in The Fantastic Water Babes), Andrew Lin (Beginning of the Great Revival) and upcoming actress Feng Danying, and despite being a Mainland production, the film also features the one and only Anthony Wong.

The plot follows Shi Qi as Li Peiru, an estate agent who relocates to Beijing from Hong Kong, hoping to make money to support her family back home. Sadly, things don't work out as planned, and soon enough she is spending most of her time drinking and entertaining clients, and is embroiled in a doomed affair with her married boss (Andrew Lin). One night after getting drunk at a karaoke bar she runs into policeman Fang Zhendong (Liu Ye), who kindly takes care of her. Instantly connecting, the two hesitantly start a relationship of sorts, which mainly revolves around Zhendong taking care of her despite never getting much back. As life gets increasing tough for Peiru she slowly comes to realise the depth of her feelings for him, though their chances of happiness are threatened by illness.

In many ways, A Beautiful Life isn't really the traditional romantic drama that might have been expected, treading a somewhat unconventional path. Although essentially a pure love story, it follows two unfortunate souls caught up in their distressing lives trying to find solace in each other despite the obstacles fate throws in their way. This in itself represents somewhat of a challenge for Andrew Lau, as although he has dabbled in the genre before, it has generally been with romance of the safer and fluffier kind, such as in his 2009 outing Look for a Star which also featured Shu Qi, along with Andy Lau. Making the film both grounded and glossy, he does a good job of adding the necessary gravitas to the material, mainly as a result of heaping on the tragedy and by making sure that pretty much everything goes wrong for the budding couple. The film really does get quite gloomy during the last act in particular, but although a bit heavy handed is engaging throughout and moving, and makes for a solid tearjerker.

To an extent this is due to its rather unusual characters, with neither of the protagonists being the kind of bland, generic figures that tend to populate romantic dramas of this type, and with their dynamic being a strange, though believable one. Peiru in particular is very different to the expected romantic heroine, being a needy, selfish and materialistic woman who the viewer is initially at least quite hard pushed to sympathise with - it's very tempting to read into this a rather negative Mainland reflection upon Hong Kong people, something which also rears its head at other points in the film. Thankfully Shu Qi proves up to the task and performs well in the role, and especially once her sad back story is revealed Peiru and her behaviour does become more understandable. Liu Ye is even better as the fascinating Zhendong, getting across a convincing sense of unconditional love, even though it's very hard at times to see what he gets from their relationship, and since his life really does get quite hard going. This helps to make their pairing a compelling one, and the film is all the better for the fact that its romance is tempered by sadness.

This kind of ambiguity gives A Beautiful Life a lift, and helps it to stand as being more interesting and mature than the average romantic drama. Even though it does get a little over the top at times, it's definitely one of the better genre films from China of late, and again shows that Andrew Lau is one of the industry's more versatile and commercially capable directors.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "A Beautiful Life (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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August 31, 2011

This customer review refers to A Beautiful Life (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
ok Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
For movie, this is ok but Shu Qi is extremely annoying. She yelled and drunk all the time, very bad for a girl in foreign land. A little unrealistic at the end. Wong Chow Sung said the most touching sentence at 'Tung's' bedside in hospital. Apart from that, if you can tolerate Shu Qi...
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August 10, 2011

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hawaii Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Viewed at Pearlridge Consolidated and was surprised to find the movie very enjoyable. I liked Shu Qi and took the chance to buy a ticket and see the movie. Worth the price of the ticket or dvd. Solid must see. Both lead actors did a very good job.
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